Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Preparing for Trek: Daniel Henrie's Story

Tonight for Young Womens, I was going to take the girls out walking, but have had strong impressions to need to talk about history and heritage. Everyone has a history of how they came to the United States or Salt Lake City. As I have been preparing myself for Trek, I have been researching my own heritage, which gets richer and richer every time I find more. I want my Young Women to have the same experience. My goal is that when they are walking in Wyoming this summer, their spirits can be in tune with the spirits that were part of the Pioneer Trek.

So today, for my family and for my Young Women, I would like to tell part of the story of Daniel Henrie. In this picture, Daniel is the first man on the left sitting down.

Daniel Henrie, eldest child of William and Myra Mayall Henrie was born 15 November 1825 in Hamilton County, Ohio. (He is my great, great, Grandfather). Daniel was a farmer and a miller in his native state of Ohio and he lived with his partents until he was 17 years old. In the year of 1841 the family embraced Mormonism and soon after moved from Ohio to Nauvoo, Illinois, where the Saints were located. Daniel had not been converted to the teachings of Mormonism so he remained in Ohio. A year later, he joined his family in Illinois and after listening to the Prophet Joseph Smith speak on several occasions, he became interested and a short time later was baptized in the Mississippi River.

After the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph, Daniel witnessed a remarkable incident which strengthened his faith in the Gospel. While the members were struggling to hold the church membership together in unity, Brigham Young, who was the Senior member of the Apostles, arose to speak to an assembly of church. During his address he suddenly appeared to look like the Propeht and his voice sounded like Joseph's and many in the audience bore testimony that they thought it was the Propeht speaking. This incident was referred to as the "Mantle of Joseph falling upon Brigham Young." The Saints accepted it as a sign from God that Brigham was to be the leader of the Church.

Mob persecutions increased until their treatment became unbearable, and speedy preparations were made to leave Nauvoo and go West where they could worship according to the teachings of their leaders.

I will stop there for now, Daniels story continues on with more incredible stories. I truly believe that our families that were Pioneers had a very unique strength and endurance that I would like to be part of. They were incredible people and I am over joyed to learn their stories.


The Dorsey Clan said...

I like Daniel's life story, primarily because it links the name Jerome (third son) to my family heritage as well and not just Brian's. I also like the stories of Daniels wife Amanda, I relate a lot to her. But you are correct, our family if full of incredible stories and experiences. What do you think our great grandchildren will read about us? Our blogs? That would be too funny!

Annban10 said...

Thats a great story. Many of my ancestors shared the same thing in their journals about Joseph and Brigham. It's so fun to see you getting so into your family histories!!
Some treks, actually have you go as one of your ancestors that crossed the plains. They have you research about the person,and I have heard people say that it wa one of the most spiritual experiences of their life! I can't wait to go oneday!!

I think it's so great that you are planning to share histories in YW tonight. When I was in, we had a fun activity. We had a " Bring a treasure older than you night ". ~ And so many leaders and girls brought items from before they were born, and told about them. It was fun.

The Dorsey Clan said...

HA! I did mine, your turn.

54 questions for you! Copy and paste to answer. You have just been tagged.

1. Song that always makes you sad?
2. Last thing you bought?
3. Last person you argued with?
4. One of your stuffed animals' names as a kid?
5. Did you ever own at one time own a Michael Jackson Cd?
6. Favorite day of the week?
7. Did you take Piano lessons?
8. Most frequent song played? Right now?
9. T.V. show you secretly enjoy?
10. Favorite scents?
11. Date someone older or younger?
12. One place you could travel right now?
13 Favorite time of the day?
14. Do you know all the words to the national anthem?
15. Something you're wearing right now?
16. Job you've had?
17. Did you go to your high school prom?
18. Perfect time to wake up?
19. Perfect time to go to bed?
20. Favorite soda?
21. Ever been in a car accident? Can i get a hell yeah?
22. Closer to mom or dad...or neither?
23. Who would you want on a deserted island with you?
24. Have you been bungee jumping?
25. Favorite ice cream flavor?
26. Do you have an article of clothing you have had since you were in high school?
27. Did you play high school sports? .
28. Were you ever in a school talent show?
29. What are you allergic to?
30. Have you watched sex and the city?
31. Fun place you lived?
32. Do you shampoo first in the shower or soap?
33. Wet the toothbrush or brush dry with the toothpaste?
34. Blue or black ink?
35. Have you ever gambled at a casino?
36. Have you thrown up on a plane?
37. Have you thrown up in a car?
38. Favorite cartoon as a kid?
39. favorite childhood tv show?
40. Who was your first roommate?
41. What alcoholic beverage did you drink when you got drunk for the first time?
42. What was your first car?
43. What was the last movie you saw? .
44. How old were you when you first moved away from your hometown?
45. Who was your first grade teacher?
46. Where did you go on your first airplane ride?
47. When you snuck out of your house for the first time, who was it with?
48. Who was your first Best Friend and are you still friends with them?
49. Who is the first person you call when you have a bad day?
50. Who's wedding were you in the first time you were a bridesmaid or a groomsman?
51. What is the first thing you do in the morning?
52. What were some concerts you have attended?
53. First tattoo or piercing?
54. First celebrity crush?


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